Political Innovation: Prepping the conversation…

As I noted last night, Saturday’s Political Innovation event at NICVA is about developing ideas. There will be a few set piece session throughout the day, but the rest of the agenda will be decided on the morning. Our new user voice site proved a real boon in Edinburgh teasing out what subjects had popular support before the main event itself.

For Belfast we have a lot of votes for inventing a ‘new non sectarian left’ project (in two different proposals)… Nothing, yet, for a conversation on a new non sectarian right proposition. There’s a proposal from the Open Unionism blog founder editor Geoff McGimpsey for a conversation around:

…how can the blog stop being a publisher (of comment) and start to become an active player? There is a gap for unionist think tank that can agenda set via grassroots engagement. Can a blog fill that gap, and if so how?

You can continue to propose new ideas, comment on others and help shape them up and you’ll be given a bunch of votes, which you can allocate and then re-allocate to move certain ideas up to the top…


  • Surely there’s a bigger – more important – gap for a Conservative think-tank? Why is everyone so obsessed with the continuity of Unionism ffs?

    For every election in the forseeable future, the status of the Union will be, at best, a totemic issue. The economy won’t be – and the big division is between the left’s preference for mutualism, collective action and economic equality. The Tories have their small-state, ‘meritocracy’ and defence of inherited wealth to justify to voters. There are plenty people who share that postion who are nominally neutral or hostile to the long-term place of NI as a devolved bit of the UK.

    That’s what the next election will be really about – not Unionism or Irish nationalism.

  • Johnny Boy

    I would like to be proved wrong, but I expect the NI electorate will vote along sectarian lines as usual no matter what the “bread and butter” issues.